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HGSE in the Media: May 2014

Below, you will find appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online.

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MIT and Harvard Release De-identified Learning Data from Open Online Courses MIT News, 5/30/14
"Harvard's Andrew Ho, Chuang’s co-lead, adds that the release of the data fulfills an intention — namely, to share best practices to improve teaching and learning both on campus and online — that was made with the launch of edX by Harvard and MIT in May 2012."

Will EdX Save GenX From Rising College Costs? The Huffington Post, 5/29/14
"'I think it's an open question whether or not technology will further stratify higher education. Anyone who tells you these days they know the impact that online learning is going to have on the future of higher education is blowing smoke,' [President in Residence Lawrence] Bacow says."

Johnston Inspires Harvard Groups that Protested Him Vail Daily, 5/29/14
"On Wednesday, [Sen. Michael] Johnston's speech went to the heart of the issue by speaking to the common values educators should hold, if they’re in the industry for the right reasons. The protest centered on Johnston’s selection because of his stance on education reform that relies on so-called test-based accountability."

How Technology is Changing the Rules of Time and Education DNA, 5/26/14
"'This is about democratisation of learning: Learners are in control. We are at the beginning of an exciting effort to understand how people learn and how to educate well and effectively at scale,' said Andrew Ho, an associate professor in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education."

Bond Holds Topping-Off Ceremony for the Renovation of Harvard’s Longfellow Hall Boston Globe, 5/23/14
"Bond, an Everett-based construction management firm whose specialties include academic projects, said that it recently held a topping-off ceremony for the 15,000 square-foot renovation and 5,000 square-foot vertical expansion of Longfellow Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Survey Finds Faculty Satisfaction Rate at 81 Percent Harvard Gazette, 5/21/14
"'A University is only as good as its faculty, and we want Harvard to be the best place on Earth to be a faculty member,' said Judith D. Singer, senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity and James Bryant Conant Professor of Education."

Commencement Speakers Unbowed by Student Slings and Arrows Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/21/14
"At Harvard University, the dean of the Graduate School of Education rejected a request by some students and faculty members to rescind an invitation to Michael Johnston, a state senator in Colorado, who some found objectionable because of his stance on education reform. "

Protest at Harvard Over Commencement Speaker at Education School Washington Post, 5/17/14
"Dozens of student and alumni at the Harvard Graduate School of Education issued a statement ... protesting the selection of Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston (D) as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker."

HISD's Grier Calls for Ending Pay Bump for Advanced Degrees Houston Chronicle, 5/15/14. (Subscription required.)
"Studies generally show that teachers with master's degrees don't see higher student achievement than those with bachelor's degrees. One exception is math teachers with advanced degrees in math, said Thomas J. Kane, a professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education."

Federal Enforcement Is Key to Brown Legacy Education Week, 5/13/14. (Subscription required.)
"'There is no doubt the Civil Rights Act gave a big boost to desegregation,' said James E. Ryan, the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert on education law. 'Having the weight and the resources of the federal government behind these cases was a very big deal.'"

Making STEM a Part of Everyday Life U.S. News & World Report, 5/6/14
"'How do we, starting in the middle grades, give kids more exposure to the world on a systematic basis, so that by the time they arrive in high school, they are in a position to know how their interests and strengths align with careers so they can make intelligent choices about their career pathways?' asks Robert Schwartz, professor emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Michigan Affirmative-Action Ruling May Have Modest K-12 Effect Education Week, 5/2/14. (Subscription required.)
"'Whether this case ends up being a big deal or not depends on how state legislatures react,' said James E. Ryan, the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a scholar on education law. 'If you keep putting the pieces together, it does seem that from the court’s perspective, we're on the slow path to eliminating race-based affirmative action.'"

U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher NPR, 4/30/14
"Finland has only one standardized exam at the end of high school, says Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert on testing in Finland."